There are two types of people – people who slap on some sunscreen on the beach and usually regret not putting on more a few hours later and people who are paranoid that they’re burning up and spend the entire holiday spending every available moment putting on sunscreen that they forget to a) sunbath or b) relax. Strike that, there are three types, the third are the lost causes who don’t bother with the sunscreen at all. Look at the science people!
It’s important to trust your sunscreens but it’s also vital that you use the right one. If you’re going for a run you should use a different sunscreen than you would when you’re swimming or chilling out. You also need to look at your skin type so application doesn’t give you breakouts or feel like you’re having a red hot branding iron spread across your skin.
Best for Working Out
Banana Boat Sport Performance Clear UltraMist Sunscreens with PowerStay Technology.
The main thing you need from a sunscreen when you’re going running or workout, aside from UV protection, is that it doesn’t run into your eyes. This Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen sprays evenly and dries very quickly and best of all it doesn’t have you constantly rubbing your eyes as they start to sting from the sweat-sunscreen combination.
Best For Swimming
Parasol One Application a Day Sun Care
This sunscreen is the business for anyone who wants to apply once a day and then forget about it. It truly only needs one application and it’s oil-based so it’s ideal if you and your family are in and out of the water all day. Just apply it and leave it at least twenty minutes before heading out and you’re sorted.
Best For Under Make-Up
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid Dry-Touch
This facial sunscreen also works as a great primer, put it on under your foundation and it will have your skin perfectly prepped and help to keep your make-up firm all day. Its quick-drying formula really works and the high factor means this is one to be worn all year round.
Best For Oily Skin
Clarins UV Plus HP Sunscreen
This sunscreen is mineral based so it lasts all day and it’s so light that it won’t cause oily, acne-prone skin to break out while still keeping you completely protected.
Best For Sensitive Skin
Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30
This Dermalogica sunscreen is specifically designed for sensitive skin. It has no artificial fragrances or colours and helps to keep your skin calm under harsh UV light.
Best For Kids
Aveeno Baby With Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
Best For Lips
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20
This one is a cult classic and it should live in your make-up bag all year round. Not only does it really keep chapped lips in check for the long-term (rather than so many that only give you a few hours relief) it’s also got a board spectrum SPF of 20. A worthy investment.
Best For Anti-Aging
Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion
This is another necessity that is worth its weight (in this case price). It’s light-wearing, can be worn under make-up and keeps your skin looking plump and it works well with all skin tones. Anti oxidants and the SPF keep your skin looking soft and supple for longer and wards off fine lines and wrinkles.
Best for Natural Ingredients
Jason Family Natural Sunscreen SPF 45
This brand’s sunscreen range is award winning and rightly so. Focusing on all natural ingredients so it won’t sting the skin like some chemical creams do, it contains green tea extract to keep you skin calm in the heat.